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FAQs About Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are one of the most used restorations in dentistry, and they can be used for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. Commonly known as caps, these restorations are used to cover up and protect teeth from the things that can damage them like bite forces or acids in the mouth.
Frequently asked questions about dental crowns
Thinking about restoring one of your teeth with a crown? Here are the answers to some of the questions you might have about how these restorations work:
1. What does the process look like?
Getting a crown requires the tooth to be prepared for the restoration. The dentist does this by taking off small portions of enamel from all four sides. This makes for a better fit with the crown, which leads to more protection for the tooth.
After the patient's tooth has been prepared, an impression of it is taken and sent to a lab where dental crowns are made. The patient gets a temporary crown to protect their teeth while they wait for their customized crown. Shaving off enamel is an irreversible process, so the tooth will always need a restoration to serve as its enamel. The patient's customized crown should be ready in about two weeks, and the temporary crown is replaced with it.
2. How do I take care of dental crowns?
There is nothing to learn, since maintaining a crown does not require any special care. Brushing and flossing are all the maintenance these restorations need. Crown wearers can increase the longevity of their restoration by avoiding hard foods that can damage them like candy and ice. Crowns can last up to 25 years when properly maintained.
3. What are crowns made out of?
Crowns are made from a wide range of materials that include gold, silver, metal alloys, porcelain, composite resin and stainless steel. Gold crowns are some of the most durable, but they do not look natural. Porcelain crowns tend to create the best aesthetics due to their translucence.
4. What is recovery after getting a crown like?
There is no significant recovery period after getting a dental crown. Many patients experience increased teeth sensitivity that goes away within a week. It can be managed with desensitizing oral hygiene products like toothpaste.
It can take up to 48 hours for the dental cement used to bond a crown to a patient's tooth to set, so it is best to avoid sticky foods during this period as eating such foods can lead to the crown being pulled out.
5. What are crowns used for?
Crowns can be used to address dental issues like tooth decay, broken teeth, deformed teeth or stained teeth. They are also combined with other restorations like implants and bridges.
Protect your teeth with crowns
Dealing with a damaged or unsightly looking tooth? Call or visit our Boca Raton clinic to learn more about how our dentist can restore the look and function of your damaged tooth with a dental crown.
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